The ever increasing consumption of digital media in our wireless and always connected world should be good news for the libraries. The interest in and availability of books, film, music and games has never been bigger. But the libraries are stuck with: old systems on proprietary platforms, new requirements implemented slowly, data and function lock in, information silos, an increasing need to integrate incompatible systems for each new data format and supplier and finally a plethora of strange user interfaces far from common internet standards.
TING.concept is a project initiated by the two largest public libraries in Denmark â Ãrhus Public Libraries and Copenhagen Public libraries in a consortium with DBC, a Danish supplier of national and local library infrastructure, products and services. The projects vision has been to share the results and collaborate with everybody that are interested and was formulated as: âTo release all information in the libraries, make the user and staff knowledge visible, create relations between them that facilitates interaction and place it in a context where it gives meaning to the usersâ
The platform is based on Open Source technology with an SOA architecture approach. The back end uses de-facto standards as Apache Lucene, Solr, Fedora Commons and PostgresSQL. Front end technologies used today are Drupal for web interfaces.
In this session we will discuss questions like:
* How do we ensure that libraries are relevant in the digital society?
* How do we take part in the conversations where the users are?
* How do we mediate huge amounts of content and knowledge in the right context?
* How do we harness and share the collective innovation power of the library community?
* How do we create win-win-win situations between non-profit organizations, commercial partners and the library users?
* How do we create cost effective solutions that scales â big and small?